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January 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 27 December 2011 at 2:52PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • JARUS wrote: »
    Valerie 57 " Pudding on Saturday night will be toffee apple tart"

    Hi This sounds delicious have you got the recipe please.


    Jarus Xx

    Toffee apple tart - with thanks to the Pink Whisk blog

    Make or buy pastry to make a deep 8" flan. I use;
    150g plain flour
    65g cold butter
    25g caster sugar
    1tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
    enough water to combine (2-3 tbsps)

    Make pastry, wrap in cling film and pop in fridge for 30 mins to chill.
    Grease tart tin well. Roll out pastry thinly and line tin. Chill again until firm. Preheat oven to 180 fan, line tart case with baking paper and baking beans or dried rice. Bake in oven for 15 mins. Remove beans and pop back in oven for further 5 mins until cooked through on base.

    70g fresh breadcrumbs (about 2 slices of bread blitzed)
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    2-3 large apples (I use Bramleys but any will do including eating apples). Unpeeled about 550g.
    200g brown sugar (I use demerara)
    50ml water
    10g butter
    1tsp vinegar
    1 tbsp golden syrup

    Once the tart is cooked add the breadcrumbs completely covering the base.
    Peel and core apples and dice into fairly small chunks. Spread over breadcrumbs covering the top of the tart.
    Add sugar, water, butter, vinegar and golden syrup to pan and heat gently so butter melts.
    Turn heat up a little and cook mixture until sugar is disolved completely. You shouldn't feel any grainy crystals when you stir it.
    Slowly and carefully pour toffee sauce over the tart, trying to cover all diced apples.
    Bake in oven for 25-30 mins.
    Dust with icing sugar. Serve warm with cream or custard or ice cream. Cold is nice too.

    Hope you enjoy.
  • ClaireT13ClaireT13 Forumite
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    Hi Everyone

    Just coming on to declare my January spends and February goals as it was payday today :j:j:j

    The January total came in at £388.85/£300.00 :mad::eek::o.

    This is largely because I hadn't banked on 20 family members descending on us for dinner to celebrate my sons birthday. Until that point I would have JUST come in under budget.

    Anyway, thinking ahead to February. When I did our big meat shop this month it came in at £75.00 and we still have lots left over so I can get through the first 2 weeks using that up. However, we do have half term when DH is also off. Fortunately, he is with me and agrees we need to cut our grocery spend so we will be eating at home and having pack ups!

    Taking that into account, I would like to declare a budget of £260 for February. Given my budget of £300 would have been acheivable if not for my DS's birthday and we have some leftovers then hopefully this makes sense.

    I am also going to aim to have 10 NSD's in my February (24th-24th) - NSD's will not include bills unlike some of you hardcore NSDers:rotfl: but hopefully this will help to keep me on track.

    Thanks for all the support from this thread. Sorry for the long post.

    Banish the clutter 88/2020 :j
  • Ninno820Ninno820 Forumite
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    Evening everyone - just popping in to declare a spend of £3.10 on sugar, eggs and some toffees (oops).
    The sugar and eggs are already at work turning 4 black bananas into yummy muffins.
    44 day challenge

    1. Pay £650 off overdraft (£ 288/ £650)
    2. Lose 12 lbs (4.5/ 12)
    3. Use YNAB everyday (6/44)
  • More spends today on S*bway lunch (£3) and deodorant and chocolate (£2.56). Think I will be going over budget by about £20 as don't get paid till 31st and another weekly shop to go before then.

    Am making a vegetable haloumi bake for dinner, was going to do it last night but OH got home from work at 9pm so just did chicken kievs and chips but I undercooked the chips a bit so wasn't great (I am the queen of undercooking stuff!)
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  • tigerfeet2006tigerfeet2006 Forumite
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    Was meant to have SC Sweet Chilli Sausages but it looks like the kids have been guzzling the ketchup, so that's a no go.

    So I improvised :D I browned off the sausages (I used MrT Free From) nd took them out of the pan. Chopped up a leek and bunged it in the pan, whacked in a couple of handfuls of frozen peppers. Peeled, cored and sliced up 3 small apples and popped those in. Added a tblesp of flour ( I use Doves GF plain flour) and a tblsp of mustard seeds and a couple of tsp of thyme, plus salt and pepper. Then added half a pint of veg. stock (I use Bisto Best). I had a couple of tblsp of double cream that I needed to use up so bunged that in at the end, though you don't need this especially if you want DF.

    I served this with baked potatoes though mash, cheesy mash, new potatoes or bread and butter will go well with it.

    This served the five of us plus one for the freezer and it came in at less than £5. I am one happy bunny :D

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  • Can I join the fun please?! Have been testing the waters this month and would like to aim for a budget of £100 for February bearing in mind there is only one of me and I'm off the sauce due to medication! looking forward to getting stuck into some of the lovely recipes on here. thanks.
  • edited 24 January 2012 at 7:40PM
    coldcazziecoldcazzie Forumite
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    edited 24 January 2012 at 7:40PM
    Hello all, I'm afraid I haven't been keeping up with the thread - it moves too fast! However, just wanted to update my current total after shopping today. I went to the market for my veg, meat and eggs and also went to Wilkos for toiletries instead of the supermarket, so my total was £43.48 which brings my running total so far to £282.39/£500 with just over 2 weeks to go until our credit card statement date :j :j :j
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  • Can you put me down for £110 for February budget please? That should make up for my £10 overspend for January.

    Also, thanks to everyone for all your help, motivation, hints and tips, and for welcoming us newbies into the fold.


    [STRIKE]Debt Jan 09 = £10,046[/STRIKE] Debt-free since 16/12/2011
    Save £12,000 in 2012: £11,403.13/12,000 :j
    Save £12,000 in 2013: £4000/£12,000
  • NickJWNickJW Forumite
    678 posts
    Debt-free and Proud!
    Urrgh. £1.70 spent on 2 bottles of Lucozade Sport from Mr S. I went to the gym and needed a boost to wake me up a bit before I hit the treadmill!. :D

    At least I have a bottle spare for next time...
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 £46.05/£130

    Grocery Challenge 13 -spent £1453.06
    Grocery Challenge 12 -spent £1565.51

    DFD 1st March 2011 :T
  • A spend of £4.95 here today.
    15 in 2015 1/15
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